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Alton adds a fall color cruise on Sunday

An additional “Fall Colors” cruise on board the Hakuna Matata excursion boat has been added to the Alton riverfront for Sunday, Oct. 19 from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m..

The Alton Regional Convention & Visitors Bureau in partnership with Grafton River Adventures has added a second Fall Colors cruise on Sunday in order to meet the demand from three sell-out river cruises for the weekend. Boarding for the newly added cruise begins at 1 p.m. at Alton Marina. The cruise will last approximately one hour. The cost is $18 for adults, $16 for seniors (63+) and $9 for children.

The Hakuna Matata, run by Grafton River Adventures, is an all-weather, 53-foot, 49-passenger tour boat. The first level of the boat is fully enclosed with large windows and is seasonally air-conditioned and heated. The upper deck is a huge open air patio offering 360 degree views of the river, bluffs, islands and historical points of interest along the way.

“This is a great opportunity for anyone who enjoys the scenic fall drives to take to the river instead and see the fall colors from a completely new vantage point,” Brett Stawar, president and CEO of the Alton Regional Convention and Visitors Bureau, said. “There is nothing like a relaxing cruise on the river with views of the majestic limestone bluffs which will be shining with fall colors.”

For more details on the cruising schedule and prices, go to or call the Alton Visitor Center at (800) 258-6645. Cruise reservations can be made online or via telephone. Reservations are required.

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